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Rob Kearney, Brad Thorn and Isa Nacewa celebrate after beating Ulster in the 2012 Heineken Cup Final at Twickenham. Photographer: Dara Mac Dónaill

One of the standout features of this dismembered rugby season was when Damian de Allende and RG Snyman appeared in Munster colours. De Allende, a 28(...)

Brian O’Driscoll scores a try in the Six Nations Championship game between Ireland and France on February 7th, 2009. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

Brian O’Driscoll had barely turned 20 when he announced himself to the world in his rookie season with that hat-trick in Paris. He was only 21 when he(...)

Isa Nacewa and Jordi Murphy lift the European Champions Cup trophy for Leinster in 2018, continuing a remarkable run of success for the Irish province. Photo: Billy Stickland/Inpho

About eight minutes into the 2014 final of what was then known as the Rabo Direct Pro12 between Leinster and Glasgow, Brian O’Driscoll’s farewell game(...)

Michael Kiernan scores a drop goal to win the Triple Crown for Ireland in their match against England at Lansdowne Road in 1985. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Grand Slams went beyond the consciousness of children in the 1980s – unseen heroics by Karl Mullen and Jack Kyle – but Triple Crowns were known artefa(...)

Leinster’s James Lowe celebrates his try against Saracens in the European Rugby Champions Cup quarter-final at the Aviva Stadium in April 2018. Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Heineken Champions Cup Final Leinster Rugby v Saracens Kick-off: 5pm. Venue: St James’ Park, Newcastle. On TV: Live on BT Sport 2/Channel 4/Virgin M(...)

Ulster’s Marcell Coetzee is presented with the man of the match award by Barney McCann after the Pro14 win over Munster. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Whenever the provinces sign ‘foreign’ or to use another term ‘non Irish qualified’ (NIQ) players there is occasionally a period of uncertainty before (...)

“To come home from winning a final and be able to play Munster in front of our home crowd at the RDS is something that not many teams get a chance to do.”

Scott Fardy has travelled a circuitous and lengthy route to being a World Cup finalist and European Cup winner. From Sydney and the Waratahs academy, (...)

 Leinster’s Jonathan  Sexton  celebrates scoring a try with Shane Horgan during the 2011 Heineken Cup Final victory over Northampton Saints at the Millennium Stadium  in Cardiff, Wales. Photograph:  David Rogers/Getty Images

Leinster’s Jonathan Sexton-inspired comeback in the 2011 Heineken Cup final, when the Irish province overturned a 16-point interval deficit against th(...)

Scott Fardy drives for the line against Scarlets. The Australian lock-cum-blindside has  made a huge impact at Leinster, as the likes of  Nathan Hines  or Brad Thorn did before him. Photograph: Bryan Keane/Inpho

James Lowe’s smile is infectious but this gifted Maori winger joined Leinster to play rugby. “I’m not a big fan of the word talent. I reckon, a bit l(...)

Sean O’Brien in action against Exeter Chiefs at Sandy Park.  “I know when I am fit that I can mix it with them all, so that’s what I need to be: fit.” Photograph: Tommy Dickson/Inpho

Seán O’Brien says if we all took a scan of our hips we would probably find something wrong. He’s right. A misalignment here, a flaw there and at 60-y(...)

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